|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 06-20-2008 04:01 PM||4362 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
06-20-2008 04:01 PM
I have a strange question. My wife bought an blanket chest. (Yes, I already know what you are thinking, but the shoemaker’s kids always had the oldest shoes.) It appears to be older and is simply constructed. It is made using simple butt joints, however whatever was used to hold the joint (screws??) was covered with plugs. I am thinking someone made it in a home workshop awhile back. Somewhere along the line it was refurbished because the drawers have masonite bottoms and cedar lining was also added. I am curious about the age and really have no way of telling but the main part of the chest is made of 18 inch wide pine. I know pine boards of this width are available but they are not common. I have been in and out of lumber yards all my life and never noticed anything wider than 12”. Just looking at the construction I really don’t think the builder would have milled them himself. I was wondering if anyone remembers a time when wider boards may have been more common. I know it has to do with older growth timber but there may be a little more to it than that.
The builder could have had access to a mill and this could have been made less than 20 years ago. But in looking at it I just think it is a bit older than that. Regardless to this piece, it got me thinking as to how far back do we go to find lumber commonly available in widths greater than 12 inches. My dad built the house I grew up in, in 1950. There was no plywood used anywhere and there were no boards wider than 12” that I can remember. Furniture and houses are different but I thought this could be an interesting albeit short discussion.
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."